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My Kitchen Rules: Pete Evans reacts to Nigella Lawson replacing him

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Disgraced celebrity chef Pete Evans has shared his response after Nigella Lawson was announced as his replacement on the upcoming reboot of My Kitchen Rules.

On Sunday, the 49-year-old took to his Telegram page to say he was ‘thankful’ for the decade he got to spend on the series alongside his ‘dear mate’ Manu Feildel – who will be returning as a judge this season. 

‘I wish Channel Seven, the crew and my dear mate Manu all the very best on their upcoming series,’ Evans began, with a love-heart emoji next to Manu’s name.

Reaction: Disgraced celebrity chef Pete Evans has shared his response after Nigella Lawson was announced as his replacement on the upcoming season of My Kitchen Rules

Reaction: Disgraced celebrity chef Pete Evans has shared his response after Nigella Lawson was announced as his replacement on the upcoming season of My Kitchen Rules

‘I will always cherish the many years we spent together, creating so many wonderful memories.’

British chef Nigella, 62, shared her excitement about being part of the new series on Sunday. 

‘Going to restaurants can be a treat, but for me, the true story of food is told through the cooking we do at home,’ Nigella said.

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'I wish Channel Seven, the crew and my dear mate Manu [Feildel] all the very best on their upcoming series,' he wrote, with a love-heart emoji next to returning judge Manu's name

‘I wish Channel Seven, the crew and my dear mate Manu [Feildel] all the very best on their upcoming series,’ he wrote, with a love-heart emoji next to returning judge Manu’s name

‘So, to have the chance to champion home cooks and be given the intimate privilege of being invited into people’s homes to eat their food fills me with gratitude and excitement in equal measure!’

She added: ‘I’m so looking forward to working with Manu too. Although he’s a chef and I’m a home cook, the fact is we both just want to eat good food. I feel I’ve got a lot to learn from him, but just know we’ll have a lot of fun in the process. I can’t wait!’

Manu also shared his excitement for the new season.

A fresh twist! British chef Nigella Lawson, 62, shared her excitement for joining the show on Sunday

A fresh twist! British chef Nigella Lawson, 62, shared her excitement for joining the show on Sunday

'I'm so looking forward to working with Manu too. Although he's a chef and I'm a home cook, the fact is we both just want to eat good food. I feel I've got a lot to learn from him, but just know we'll have a lot of fun in the process. I can't wait!' Nigella said

‘I’m so looking forward to working with Manu too. Although he’s a chef and I’m a home cook, the fact is we both just want to eat good food. I feel I’ve got a lot to learn from him, but just know we’ll have a lot of fun in the process. I can’t wait!’ Nigella said

‘I’m very excited to be sitting back at the head of the MKR table and even more thrilled to have the lovely Nigella Lawson at my side,’ he said.

Manu continued: ‘As MKR judges, we make the perfect team with our years of experience in professional and home kitchens respectively.’

‘And as lovers of delicious food and a fabulous dinner party, I can promise you we’re also going to have a lot of fun. Bring it on!’

'I'm very excited to be sitting back at the head of the MKR table and even more thrilled to have the lovely Nigella Lawson at my side,' Manu said

‘I’m very excited to be sitting back at the head of the MKR table and even more thrilled to have the lovely Nigella Lawson at my side,’ Manu said

Manu previously worked together with Evans as judges on My Kitchen Rules for 10 years, before Pete was sacked from the network in May 2020.

The pair were often the subject of rumours they didn’t like each other, with a source revealing in 2017 that Manu thought Evans was ‘stranger than strange’. 

Evans has been involved in a string of controversies since being sacked by Seven for his extreme views.

Past: Manu previously worked together with Evans (pictured) as judges on My Kitchen Rules for 10 years, before Pete was sacked from the network in May 2020

Past: Manu previously worked together with Evans (pictured) as judges on My Kitchen Rules for 10 years, before Pete was sacked from the network in May 2020

He previously claimed COVID-19 was a ‘f**king hoax’ and that the pandemic ‘doesn’t compare to what is happening in the world on a large scale’. 

Among his false claims about the pandemic, Pete previously declared he’s immune to coronavirus, and blamed the health crisis on 5G technology.

He also endorsed fellow conspiracy theorist David Icke, a Holocaust denier who was denied entry to Australia last year after protests from the Jewish community.

He was dropped by 15 sponsors and companies in the space of 48 hours in November 2020.

Divisive: Evans has been involved in a string of controversies since being sacked by Seven earlier this year for his extreme views. He previously claimed COVID-19 was a 'f**king hoax' and that the pandemic 'doesn't compare to what is happening in the world on a large scale'

Divisive: Evans has been involved in a string of controversies since being sacked by Seven earlier this year for his extreme views. He previously claimed COVID-19 was a ‘f**king hoax’ and that the pandemic ‘doesn’t compare to what is happening in the world on a large scale’

MKR had once been a ratings juggernaut for Seven, but its popularity nosedived in recent years as viewers flocked to Channel Nine’s Married At First Sight instead.

In 2020, its eleventh season drew an average of 500,000 metro viewers per episode.

At its height in 2014, the fifth season had attracted an average audience of 1.891 million across the five major cities.

Ratings: MKR had once been a ratings juggernaut for Seven, but its popularity nosedived in recent years as viewers flocked to Channel Nine's Married At First Sight instead

Ratings: MKR had once been a ratings juggernaut for Seven, but its popularity nosedived in recent years as viewers flocked to Channel Nine’s Married At First Sight instead

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